Cross Border eCommerce – Key to Successful Entry in North America


When seller brands dream of penetrating the international e-commerce markets, they usually picture North America – and they have justifiable reasons for this: As of 2018, the average revenue per online shopper is the highest for the United States.

How Lot Traceability Can Help Your Business


Inventory control. With lot traceability, you can have stronger inventory control processes in your manufacturing facilities. This means your inventory control processes will be tighter and transparent. Inventory traceability plays a key role in the event of a product recall. You can trace items being shipped into your manufacturing facility and all the way through its journey, making suppliers more accountable than ever.


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Why Now is the Time to Choose LCL Shipping

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Less than container load (LCL) shipping is rapidly becoming a go-to service option for businesses seeking help in a complex global logistics industry. As COVID-19 affected businesses around the world, the need for expedited LCL shipping grew significantly.

Ship From Store: An Omni-Channel Journey

Logistics Viewpoints

I had the pleasure of catching Tom Barone, VP of North America Operations at eBay Enterprise present on the changing nature of commerce. Inventory Management Labor Learning & Leadership Omni-channel logistics Retail As I mentioned in last week’s Friday News Roundup, I spent some time in Atlanta attending the Home Delivery World, Click & Collect Show USA, and ETail Show USA joint conference.

The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The majority of toilet paper sold in North America is manufactured in North America. Given that there has not been a massive shutdown in America factories the lack of supply cannot be attributed to temporary factory closures. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] They also cut inventory levels, grew sales and resolved capacity issues. Establish joint responsibility for inventory to reduce the risk of obsolescence. Mohawk continues to fine-tune its S&OP process to optimize inventory in the planning system.

5 Things to Look for in a Temperature-Controlled LTL Provider

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Whenever a product requires temperature-controlled shipping , a layer of complexity is automatically added. Due to current marketplace disruptions and changing consumer demands, major retailers continue to adjust inventory requirements, adding even more complexity.

3 Reasons Why You Need End-to-End Traceability for Vertically Integrated Manufacturers in the Supply Chain


Technologies like mobile barcoding can help provide 24/7, end-to-end traceability of raw materials, work-in-progress inventory, finished goods, fixed assets and spare parts for vertically integrated companies. Finally, it ships these products around the world. Overview.

Lolli & Pops Implements RELEX’s Supply Chain Planning Solution to Sweeten Their Inventory Planning

RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions, provider of unified retail planning solutions, today announced that Lolli & Pops, a rapidly growing retailer offering sweets and treats sourced from around the world both in stores and online, has gone live with RELEX’s supply chain solutions to automate and optimize inventory forecasting and replenishment. The centralized planning team was challenged to accurately plan inventory for new stores and for slow-moving items to adhere to high vendor minimums.

HWI Unleashes Continuous Innovation

Logistics Viewpoints

Run” will include using the platform for inventory optimization and to support interesting internet-of-things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) projects. They also have 20 sourcing locations across North America from which they can ship make to stock products.

Helping You Plan Ahead During the Coronavirus Outbreak

CH Robinson Transportfolio

and globally, staying close to our contract carriers and discussing continuity plans in the event shipping trajectories need to be adjusted due to disruptions or closures at any ports. Given this continued volatility, global importers are eager to restock their inventory.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

As the bricks and mortar retailer is attacked by eCommerce pure plays—Amazon in North America, Alibaba in China, and Flipcart in India—assortment and excitement in the store become paramount to lure customers. Current State of Perpetual Inventory. Replenishment is fueled by an effective perpetual inventory signal. Without a perpetual inventory signal, you will never be able to manage out-of-stocks and promot ions.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The concept of the Effective Frontier is that best in class companies align functional metrics to balance growth, cost, inventory and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) performance while balancing customer service metrics. The cash-to-cash definition is: Cash-to-cash= Days of Receivables+ Days of Inventory-Days of Payables. Note the increase in receivables, inventory and payables, and the small increase in Cash-to-Cash.

Things Have Changed: What Do We Do NOW?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the study, new products represent 17% of total cases shipped. The average MAPE for North America was 36% while the European average MAPE was 45%. The average bias of European forecasts versus North America had 2% more bias. Companies that have successfully implemented demand sensing to improve the forecast at the warehouse DC have reduced inventory on the balance sheet by 10% within two years.

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity

DELMIA Quintiq

The West Coast port congestion in North America proved to be a game changer for businesses, with preparation being the winning factor. How do you avoid spending additional millions to cover extra inventory costs and shipping delays? Optimizing inventory in S&OP. Flawed inventory data leads to plans that are of little practical use. Page 32 of the supply chain planner’s playbook explains how to bridge the inventory gap between model and reality.

The Big Texas Chemical Freeze Raises Issues on Resiliency of the Petrochemical Supply Chain


As plants slowly restart, it will take months for inventories to recover, with prices likely only returning to normal levels in June, said Joel Morales, analyst at IHS Markit.”

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Kimberly-Clark Makes Sense of Demand


Empty shelves send impatient buyers to competitors’ products, while too much inventory can result in unwanted carrying costs. The supply chain transformation started by moving away from functional silos to an end-to-end value chain,” says Rick Sather, vice president Customer Supply Chain, North America, Kimberly-Clark.

5 Things to Look for in a Temperature-Controlled LTL Provider

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Whenever a product requires temperature-controlled shipping , a layer of complexity is automatically added. Due to current marketplace disruptions and changing consumer demands, major retailers continue to adjust inventory requirements, adding even more complexity.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

Look North to Canada! To do this you need to ensure that at ALL locations where stock is held or displayed for retail sale, that ACCURATE and TIMELY inventory information is available. As this post is about the logistics strategies and approaches to support Omni-Commerce I will not deal with the front end ordering or online technologies, but rather the logistics surrounding where product will be stocked, picked and shipped from for either delivery or pick up by your customers.

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


The DC serves as the hub for Nike’s global e-commerce business, and orders taken from are shipped to consumers all over the world from this DC, including North America. Numerous scenarios were run, and it was found that a centralized model significantly reduced warehouse and inventory costs, while only marginally increasing total transportation costs, leading to a significant overall savings.

What are Freight Management Services?

Supply Chain Game Changer

These services enable companies of all sizes to fulfill orders through just-in-time manufacturing, warehousing less and keeping shipping inventory lean. In North America, a significant percentage of freight delivery needs are met through trucking transport companies.

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. It is now closed at the start of a busy shipping season as companies prepare for holiday inventory builds. While ships on the water are moving to other ports, this will put a strain on the US port system that is struggling with capacity issues. Expect tight capacity across North America. This morning the Washington Post rang.

Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth


A recent survey completed by IQMS of 151 North American manufacturers found that the fastest growing manufacturers can orchestrate analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), mobile and real-time monitoring to grow 10% faster than their peers. Digitally enabling a warehouse increases order fulfillment accuracy, speed, and scale while eliminating shipping and receiving handling errors.

Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

A behemoth in the logistics industry, UPS has operations in shipping, air freight, trucking, last-mile delivery and drone delivery. The strength of DSV Panalpina is the strong network of trucking in Europe, North America and South Africa.

The need to know


Roche ships supplies from Germany to plug UK tests shortfall. Swiss drugs and diagnostics group Roche is shipping supplies from Germany to help Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) fill gaps caused by a logistics glitch at a Roche warehouse in southern England, it said on Thursday.

The 3 Biggest Problems Your Logistics Teams Will Face in Q4 and How to Solve Them with On-Demand Warehousing


Aside from that being one of your busiest times of the year, the movement to eCommerce and omnichannel shopping has made accurate demand planning impossible and inventory allocation harder than ever. Between inventory fluctuation and seasonality, making it all fit when it needs to, and general supply chain disruptions, there’s a lot to plan throughout the year. He’s in charge of inventory management across its distribution and fulfillment network. Planned Inventory Peaks.

What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Maintaining inventory levels and optimizing order quantities, while keeping compliance requirements in mind, requires a strategic approach. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight, a retail consolidation program might be the answer you need.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics to Acquire 3PD, the Largest Provider of Heavy Goods, Last-Mile Logistics in North America. As I’ve commented in previous postings, if you are a 3PL or transportation company and you’re not involved in cross-border shipping with Mexico, then you are missing out on a growing business opportunity (see Reuters article from December 2012). I passed on spending $1100 to fix my car A/C, so I’ve been driving around with the windows down this summer.

The Benefits of IoT And Real Time Actionable Data

Gravity Supply Chain

Leveraging the power of data ensures you not only know where your inventory is but also the status of all the components and products en route from manufacturer to the final destination at any given time. Boasting features such as: Rail Tracking (North America).

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3 Ways to Achieve Business Agility In Your Supply Chain: Test, Learn, and Adapt with On-Demand Fulfillment


According to the Baymard Institute , 61% of motivated shoppers will abandon their purchase if the extra fees and shipping costs are too high, and another study from Dropoff says 97% of shoppers consider speed of delivery a key part of making a decision. Why do you think Amazon Prime’s free, two-day shipping is so successful? If you want to offer fast, affordable shipping, you need more fulfillment centers near your customers so you can take advantage of lower outbound costs. .

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2014 : hybrid DCs, 3-D prototypes, location-based inventory system, and more. It will allow for the automation of more complex warehousing tasks, such as unloading shipping containers and picking packets or individual e-commerce orders. The electronic validation program made its debut at Port Everglades in Florida to exporters needing to ship used vehicles from South Florida to destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and beyond.

Top 3 Strategies for Supply Chain Planners in 2021


Toyota Motor has recently shut down production lines due to semiconductor chip shortages in China, GM has closed plants in North America and cut production activities in South Korea, and Volkswagen is anticipating issues in 2021 in its factories located in China, Europe, and the United States.

Transpacific Air and Ocean Shipping Space Is Already Tight

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Transpacific Air and Ocean Shipping Space Is Already Tight | Transportfolio. Peak shipping season has heated up early. A predictable pattern of events follows: shipping volumes spike, space on airlines and vessels becomes harder to secure, and prices go up. The holiday peak season is one of the busiest shipping periods of the year around the world. Shoulder season; shipping ramps up. Peak shipping season. Shipping volumes start increasing.

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Supply Chain Solutions – Foundation for the Omnichannel Revolution

RELEX Solutions

RELEX may be more familiar to European retailers than to those in North America. The company was founded in Helsinki in 2005, with a focus on using in-memory technology for rapid demand forecasting , inventory optimization , and replenishment automation. For some of their fresh food customers, they support a FEFO (First-Expired, First-Out) distribution paradigm, using the products’ expiration dates to decide which items to ship next.

Retail Distribution Center Automation: 6 Factors to Consider

C3 Solutions

Those DCs operate with 33 percent less inventory than conventional retailers and work towards a standard of orders being picked and packed within two hours of the customer clicking the 'buy now' button. [3]. This article is part of our Retail Program.